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Laurens set to make her return in Lockinge Stakes

24 Mar 2019

Owner John Dance says "it's all systems go" for the mare this season.

Laurens will seek a sixth Group 1 triumph in the Lockinge. Picture:

Star filly Laurens is set to make her reappearance in the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes over a mile at Newbury  on May 18.

The Karl Burke-trained mare, owned by John Dance, will be seeking to add to her five Group 1 wins this term.

Her exploits last season included a QIPCO British Champions Series win in the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes at Newmarket.

“She’s all good at the moment, we’ve started stepping her up into more serious work and she seems to be in great shape,” Dance told the Racing Post.

“Everyone seems to be happy with her and PJ [McDonald] had his first sit on her last week and said she dragged him to the top of the gallops.

“We’re all systems go for the season. As always you keep your fingers crossed things go smoothly, but if they do then we should make a reappearance in the Lockinge.

“It’s a fairly warm race to come back in, but there aren’t too many races we can go for.”

Dance added of his four-year-old: “I’m really looking forward to seeing her back on the racecourse, she’s already taken us to places we have dreamed about, and this year I hope there are a variety of places and races we can go to.”

Last month we plotted out a possible campaign for Laurens. Click here to read more.